FC Tokyo 2-1 S-Pulse
Kajiyama (7) ------------Johnsen (58)
As always when we lose, the absolute last thing in the world I want to do it write a report about it. So I'm not going to. This decision was also facilitated by the fact I didn't go to the game, nor did I watch it on the box. Alas to say, we blew our chance to move into the top five and open up some space between us and the many teams on or around 20 points in midtable.
Good to see Johnsen on the score sheet again, but our fourth defeat this season is still a bitter pill to take, especially after our recent good run. It is only our fourth loss this year, mind you. Only four other teams have lost less, and they're in the top four positions, so let's keep things in perspective.
Next up is Kyoto on S-Pulse's official birthday - July 4th. 17 years ago to the day we played our first ever game (away to Gamba Osaka), and if we can avoid defeat next week, that'll be a year unbeaten at home in the league. It's surprising to think we've not fallen to defeat at home since Kobe turned us over last summer, but it's true, and should we overcome Sanga, 16 home league games unbeaten is something worth celebrating.
Our run in full: W D W W W W W W D W D D D W W
Come on then boys, let's make it a round 16, and a full year!
GK K. Yamamoto
Paulo on for Edamura (42)
Fujimoto on for Hyodo (73)
Tsujio on for Ichikawa (83)
Highlights to come as soon as I find them online. Click here for some official club photos from the game (top row).